Today I did a mini lesson with my kiddos on cause and effect. First we talked about what the words mean (cause = why something happens; effect = what happened). Then, using the white board, we wrote some fun sample cause/effect sentences and the students had to figure out which part of the sentence was the cause, and which part was the effect.
After they got the hang of cause/effect, I paired them up with a partner and sent them off to write a sentence with a cause and an effect. They had to write the cause in green and the effect in blue. Then they could draw a quick picture to go along with their sentence.
After the partners finished writing their sentences and taping them up on the board, we met on the carpet again and discussed what we noticed about the cause and effect sentences. That is that all of them started with the effect and ending with the cause. We talked about how this is not always the case and came up with some sample sentences where the cause came first, followed by the effect. Then I sent them off again to come up with another sentence that was written in this order.
They had a lot of fun coming up with silly sentences, as you can tell!